SINGAPORE - After years of going through the motions on school-initiated projects, Mr Wong Wen Kai, 20, was disillusioned with volunteering.
"We went to a village in China to help the villagers," he recalls. "But we ended up breaking their one and only water pipe. I was absolutely disillusioned."
Then his friend, Mr Niraj Mohan, convinced him to give volunteerism another shot.
The pair, along with two other friends, set up Amberbrook, a group dedicated to bringing meaning back to volunteerism.
"Many youths have brilliant ideas and want to undertake a project, but they don't know how to carry it out," said Mr Mohan, 20.
He had attempted to organise a charity carnival in his secondary school days but found it a "huge struggle" as he lacked guidance.
This is where Amberbrook comes in.
It runs workshops for volunteer groups, teaching skills such as securing sponsorship but also trying to instil a deeper sense of project ownership.